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House OKs Bill That Lets Telco Users Keep Their Mobile Number After Changing Networks

Similar measure already passed by the Senate, raising chances it will become a law very soon

The House of Representatives has unanimously approved House Bill (HB) 7652, also known as the Mobile Number Portability Act, on third reading on Monday, September 10.The proposed law requires telecommunication companies to give users the option to retain their old mobile numbers ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | September 12, 2018 06:00:00
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Globe vs. Smart: Who's Faster in Mobile Internet?

The latest OpenSignal report reveals various statistics on the state of mobile networks in the Philippines

Once again, Smart Communications outsped Globe Telecom in terms of mobile internet speed, according to mobile operator analyst OpenSignal.In its report titled “Mobile Networks Update: Philippines (August 2018)," OpenSignal revealed that Smart recorded an overall average download speed of 7.46 Mbps between ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | August 31, 2018 12:00:00
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How Much Were Top Executives of Globe and PLDT Paid in 2017?

Are high bonuses related to companies' rising earnings?

The highest-paid executives of the two leading telecommunications firms in the country, PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom, earned tens of millions in 2017.Both companies listed five executives they consider as the highest-paid, which include each firm’s CEOs, presidents and other key officials. ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 30, 2018 11:00:00
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Want to Be Part-Owner of a Major 3rd Telco Contender? Now Could Be Your Chance

Now Corp. has secured SEC approval to sell up to 10 million shares at Php100 each

Now Corporation, one of the companies eyeing to launch the third telco player in the country to break the duopoly of PLDT and Globe Telecom, is raising up to Php1 billion through preferred shares.Related story: Who are the Companies Eyeing to Launch ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | June 14, 2018 01:00:00
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Globe, Smart Ramp Up Internet Speeds as Gov’t Tarries in Choosing 3rd Telco Player

The two telcos expanded network and adopted technology to boost efficiency of cell sites

Ahead of the government’s efforts to select a third telco player, the country’s two telecom giants Globe Telecom and Smart Communications are reporting noticeable improvements in the quality of their mobile internet services, according to wireless telecom analyst OpenSignal in a report ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | June 01, 2018 10:00:00
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Will Moves to Lift Foreign Restrictions Add to Delays in the Selection of 3rd Telco Player?

The DICT is eyeing end-August but also wants to liberalize telecoms to attract more foreign contenders

Already running late—well past President Rodrigo Duterte’s initial March deadline—the selection of a third telco player is now being pushed back to end-August or early September, according to the latest timetable of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).Nonetheless, the agency ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | May 04, 2018 03:00:00
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Gov’t Toughens Rules to Ensure 3rd Telco Player Doesn’t Slack Off

Winning bidder required to put up performance bond and deposit 30% of planned investment each year

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) released last Monday, February 19, a joint memorandum circular that outlines the draft rules and qualifications for the third telco, as well as the selection process that the government will undertake in choosing the ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | February 20, 2018 02:00:00
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Can Gov’t Take Frequencies From Globe and PLDT to Give These to the 3rd Telco Player?

Policy makers admit available spectrum is not enough to make new entrant competitive

Hopes for the entry of a new telecommunications player to compete with the duopoly of PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom surged after President Rodrigo Duterte instructed regulators late last month to ensure that “the third telco player should be up and about ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | January 18, 2018 07:00:00
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Will China Telecom Be PH's 3rd Telco Player? Here’s What You to Need to Know About the Chinese State-Owned Company

It still needs to find a local partner and acquire a franchise from Congress

Less than a month after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. announced that President Rodrigo R. Duterte had offered China to be the third telecommunications provider in the Philippines, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar revealed that the Chinese government had selected China Telecom ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | December 11, 2017 06:00:00
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